There are a couple of parts to this question, so I have tried to emphasise the specific questions using the quote function (
The location is UK (specifically England).
TL;DR. Can my reception venue without a deposit when they cannot confirm with any remote certainty that the event will go ahead?
I have my wedding booked for early September 2020. The ceremony and reception are at separate places, booked independently. Due to Covid-19, it is extremely unlikely that the reception will be able to proceed as planned.
To what extent is the reception venue required to provide the service we discussed? Eg, their room is no longer large enough to hold the requisite number of people while adhering to 2 metre physical distancing?
If they cannot provide this, do they have any legal grounds for keep hold of the deposit? (My thought being that they are the one not providing the service)
As a follow-up, until the very day before, they could argue "the rules may change so we are not cancelling yet".
Can they require that we pay them additional monies while they are unable to confirm with any reasonable certainty that the event will go ahead? Similarly, can they withhold a deposit if we wish to cancel due to their not being able to provide any certainty?
We have been offered to change dates without forfeit. In principle, this would be ideal for us. However, it's possible that they won't have suitable dates available. Further, they say that there will be an increase in price for 2021. Naturally, our contract is for the 2020 prices.
If we are not happy with an increase in price, can the without the deposit if we want to cancel as a result of this?